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Boston Weather: 51.0°F | Partly Cloudy

Weather: Near Miss

By J.R. Moskaitis -- This past Wednesday's tranquil conditions here in Cambridge gave little indication of just how closely an extraordinary winter storm passed to our east. While we remained dry, those in Cape Cod and Nantucket received up to eight inches (20 cm) of snow.

Those areas still escaped the brunt of the storm though, relative to what happened yesterday in Nova Scotia. On land, sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph) were accompanied by snowfall rates exceeding two inches (five cm) per hour, making for blizzard conditions. In the nearby coastal waters, ships reported sustained winds of 70 to 80 mph (110 to 130 kph), equivalent to those of a weak hurricane! At least in terms of snowfall, this storm is expected to be the worst in over 30 years in Nova Scotia.

While we missed this monster storm, we are in the path of the next (much weaker) system moving in from the southwest. Expect some light frozen precipitation beginning Friday night, then changing to rain on Saturday.

Weekend Outlook

Today: Increasing clouds. High 42°F (6°C).

Tonight: Light sleet or freezing rain likely, changing to rain by morning. Low 30°F (-1°C).

Saturday: Overcast with rain showers. High 45°F (7°C).

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy. High 40°F (5°C).

Monday: Continually breezy, cooler. High 34°F (1°C).